My Choice #1
My Choice #1 – A Woman’s Right to Choose
Terry Braunstein and Victor Raphael – A Collaboration
This collaboration grew out of a professional relationship and mutual appreciation of one another’s work. They were motivated to create these artworks in response to the current political environment over the last few years.
Four series of limited edition ink jet prints will be featured here over the next several months: Climate Change, focusing on the world wide crisis caused by rising global temperatures; The Wall, which reflects on how walls are both barriers to human connection and inhibit those escaping persecution; My Choice, dealing with a woman’s right to choose; and Lessons to be Learned, looking at the challenges and wonder of childhood.
“My Choice #1 – A Woman’s Right to Choose” is the first in a series of ten images called My Choice. We will be posting one artwork from this series each week. Today the rights of women to choose to end an unwanted pregnancy are under attack. The coat hanger, a simple household item, has come to symbolize illegal abortions that were common before Roe v. Wade.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Victor Raphael is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. For the past four decades, Raphael has produced a unique body of work by merging traditional media such as painting, photography, gilding and printmaking with modern electronic media, including video, digital printing and interactive technologies. His artwork has been exhibited and collected internationally, and can be found in the collections of J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, The Polaroid Collection, Skirball Museum, USC Fisher Museum of Art, and Bibliotheque National de France, among others. Raphael has had solo museum survey exhibitions at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum, Envisioning Space, curated by Michael Zakian (2000), The USC Fisher Museum of Art, Travels and Wanderings, organized by Selma Reuben Holo and curated by Ariadni Liokatis (2009) and the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, Lead Into Gold, The World of Victor Raphael (2011), curated by Barbara Hitchcock, Independent curator and former Curator, The Polaroid Collections.